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6. Relevant websites

This new feature of the newsletter will highlight some websites, which may be of interest to readers across the region.

6.1 PLAAS Website

The Programme for Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) is located in the School of Government at the University of the Western Cape. It fosters critical scholarship on land and agrarian issues and seeks to support processes of social, political and economic transformation within South and Southern Africa. PLAAS focuses on:

  • the land restitution and redistribution programmes initiated by the postapartheid democratic state
  • land tenure reform
  • emerging regimes of natural resource management
  • rural livelihoods and farm-household production systems
  • chronic poverty and rural development
  • processes of institutional restructuring and reorientation in support of land and agrarian reform in South Africa.

Visit the website to download the first report in a series of Policy Briefs on land and agrarian reform in Southern Africa – “Land Reform in South Africa: is it meeting the challenge?” by Edward Lahiff.

6.2 The Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection

The JCTR is an active partner and facilitator of debates within Zambia and Malawi on social and economic justice and of debt relief for HIPC states. Its web site contains a number of extremely interesting papers and documents on these issues written by JCTR staff. Some recent papers inc lude issues of HIV/AIDS and education and debt relief for Zambia. The JCTR also publishes a quarterly bulletin and a monthly analysis of the “cost of a food basket”. Its www has been recently redesigned and is easily navigable.

SARPN and the HSRC

SARPN is hosted by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) in Pretoria. The HSRC, a nationally- funded social science research agency in South Africa, undertakes research in eight key areas, all of which have clear developmental foci. They include governance and democracy; integrated development; HIV/AIDS; labour market analysis; human resource development; children, youth and family and research into various aspects of educational issues. The HSRC is committed to undertaking applied social science that is problem solving, multi-disciplinary, large-scale and often empirical. Its new vision is “social science that makes a difference”.

More details about the HSRC's unfolding research programme can be obtained from www is http://

SARPN is presently funded by DFID (SA)

Contacting SARPN

Project leader: Mr Mike de Klerk (

Co-ordinator: Mr Richard Humphries (

Policy analyst: Dr Scott Drimie (

Project assistant: Mr John Tuma (

Secretarial: Ms Ilona de Villiers (

Telephone: (27) 12 - 302 2334

Fax: (27) 12 - 302 2284/16

This newsletter was written by Richard Humphries, Scott Drimie, John Tuma and Michael O'Donovan

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